His goal is teach his kids to become self-sufficient. And that's why Rodney Dickenson is this week's teacher you can count on. NewsChannel 11's Nicole Pesecky takes us to Coronado High School for his story
Rodney Dickenson has a challenging job. He runs into many road blocks in his classroom. But says its nothing he and his students can't overcome. Rodney says he has to deal with many different distractions every day.
He is a special education instructor. But instead of the students asking the teacher for permission, this teacher says he needs the permission of his students, "Unless you make a connection with the student and they give you permission to effect change, you can't make something happen."
So that's Dickenson's challenge. He says, "It's never verbal but if you begin to listen and begin to say "he does have something to offer, it's making sense.." that's the permission they give to effect a change." And Dickenson says only then can he begin his job as a teacher, working to gain new skills and improve old ones. That's what makes him more of a mentor than an instructor.
And one thing he focuses on achieving before his students walk out the door is making sure they're self sufficient. He says, "It's not what I do, it's what they can do. I can help them begin on their own, that's the success."
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